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Make It Four Straight Weeks at No. 1 for West Texas A&M in the NFCA Division II Poll
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four different teams received at least one first-place vote in the latest NFCA Division II softball rankings, but in the end, West Texas A&M (24-3) garnered more than any other program to remain at No. 1 for the fourth straight week.
Despite splitting a pair of match-ups at the Lone Star Showcase in Wichita Falls, Texas, against Texas A&M-Kingsville (W 12-4 in 6 inn.) and Cameron (L 8-9), the Lady Buffs still picked up 11 of 16 possible first-place nods to lead second-rated Alabama-Huntsville (19-4) by 16 total points. UAH (one first-place vote) hosted West Florida over March 14-15, dropping a 9-7 decision in the opener before rebounding to win the series with 11-3 (5 inn.) and 6-4 triumphs.
There were virtually no changes to this week’s top 10 as California Baptist (two first place votes – 24-7), Armstrong Atlantic (two first-place votes -- 21-5), Augustana (SD – 13-2), Humboldt State (24-9), St. Mary’s (TX – 31-4) and Wayne State (MI – 20-4) remained in positions three through eight, respectively.
The third-ranked Lancers won a pair of match-ups at San Francisco State, while No. 4 AASU improved its season-long winning streak to 12 games via doubleheader sweeps of Flagler, USC Aiken and Lander. Fifth-rated Augustana went a perfect 6-0 at the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, Fla., improving its own winning skein to eight. The No. 6 Jacks posted a 3-1 mark in a four-contest set against Cal State East Bay, seventh-ranked St. Mary’s (TX) swept a three-game series at Rogers State and eighth-ranked Wayne State (MI) triumphed in eight of 10 total games, including 5-0 shutouts of formerly ranked LIU-Post and then-No. 18 Caldwell.
Last week’s deadlock for the No. 9 slot was broken in the new rankings as North Georgia (22-6) utilized four combined triumphs over Kentucky Wesleyan and GRU-Atlanta to advance into the ninth position by itself. Tampa (17-4) swept a doubleheader from Adelphi (W 6-0, W 3-0) and nabbed two-of-three from Barry (W 4-1, W 4-1, L 4-5 in 9 inn.) to stay in the top 10 at No. 10.
Three teams entered the poll from among last week’s “others receiving votes” as Winona State (15-2) climbed to No. 20, Lenoir Rhyne (20-5) improved to No. 21 and Dixie State (23-8) squeaked in at the No. 25 position. Falling from the latest rankings were former-No. 13 Fort Hays State (15-8), former-No. 14 Anderson (SC) (20-6) and former-No. 24 Cedarville (12-5).
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.
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